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#151 Joe1950

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 11:48 PM

I travel light, with a Pelican 1200.

 

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Holds what I need. I don't mind the pluck foam, but someday I may go to the solid. There are a couple sources that have the exact size to fit the case, both pluck and solid. I have changed it several times.


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#152 Neptune

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Posted 26 October 2019 - 07:51 AM

I am using a Celestron case for my Nagler Plossls. I designed the foam on mycasebuilder.com (love that place).

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Posted 28 October 2019 - 08:37 AM

I am using a Celestron case for my Nagler Plossls. I designed the foam on mycasebuilder.com (love that place).

Nice panoply.


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Posted 31 October 2019 - 12:46 AM

psst?  they are Televue Plossls, not "Nagler Plossls"  :-p


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Posted 31 October 2019 - 02:04 AM

mine is modest, but was under ten dollars at Harbor Freight if I remember correctly.  Mine sits on the ground under my mount so it is necessary for it to be water tight on the bottom. Only mod I did to it was to cut some of the dividers with a dremel to fit some 2" parts.  I have had it for a couple years and doesn't look like it has worn in a bit.

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Posted 19 November 2019 - 06:25 PM

I found a soft Husky tool bag at Home Depot for about $30 that's perfect for holding my 4" refactor (wrapped in a $5 moving blanket). It has different size pockets along the inside on both sides that are just right for my EP's, diagonal and barlow (all wrapped caps and in zip lock bags).There are also pockets on the outside on both sides but so far I only use one for a torpedo level. The bag is water resistant and the entire bag can be closed with a heavy duty zipper.

 

 

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#157 rkelley8493

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 02:05 PM

Here's what the Apollo Astronauts used:

 

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[From the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.]


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#158 bridgman

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Posted 08 December 2019 - 11:47 PM

I just had a horrible thought... someone, somewhere is probably carrying a bunch of expensive eyepieces rattling around in a plastic bag.


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Posted 13 December 2019 - 10:11 PM

Plano All Weather Tactical Gun Case purchased on Amazon for $56.00.

 

 

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 07:44 AM

Plano All Weather Tactical Gun Case purchased on Amazon for $56.00.

Ya, Mine started out like that too!

 

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Even now (all Ethos) I wonder if it's finally complete!


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#161 clearwaterdave

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:00 PM

Here's what the Apollo Astronauts used:

 

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[From the Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC.]

It probably cost the tax payers about $2000.,lol.,


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#162 rkelley8493

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Posted 14 December 2019 - 01:09 PM

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Posted 16 December 2019 - 04:56 PM

I experiment,.... 

 

So I thought a tackle box would be handy.

Actually, one of those makeup cases is just right:

 

 

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$5 at Saver's...  had to take off some rouge with Windex.

 

That 74-deg ASPH-Plossl  or the 80-deg later-bloomer 1,2,1/Asp are right handy.

The irises and haze-cutter 30mm dbl-asph-rams are ready for the coast and lake..

Threaded-tube-planetaries and Bits 'n' Bobs for that special capture.

 

Gone Fishin..

 

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What's the scissors for?



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Posted 16 December 2019 - 04:57 PM

 

I experiment,.... 

 

So I thought a tackle box would be handy.

Actually, one of those makeup cases is just right:

 

 

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$5 at Saver's...  had to take off some rouge with Windex.

 

That 74-deg ASPH-Plossl  or the 80-deg later-bloomer 1,2,1/Asp are right handy.

The irises and haze-cutter 30mm dbl-asph-rams are ready for the coast and lake..

Threaded-tube-planetaries and Bits 'n' Bobs for that special capture.

 

Gone Fishin..

 

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Hi, Nice idea, what's the scissors for?



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Posted 16 December 2019 - 06:59 PM

I hold all my general purpose eyepieces in a single hazard fraught Apache 4800 pick and pluck, only buy on sale -44 bucks. Compare to ~150 for a pelican, use the difference to pimp out the foam if you like.


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Posted 16 December 2019 - 11:15 PM

Currently my four eyepieces and their bolt cases live in the carrying case that came with my Celestron SCT diagonal. I also have a Pelican 1525 which used to hold my old.ED80 and its accessories. For now, it holds my mount heads and finder scope, but may get pressed into eyepiece duty again...



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Posted 19 December 2019 - 12:29 AM

I use a Pelican case but honestly I picked the wrong one since it is wayy too deep. I'm using the new dividers nd I picked up some cordless LED clip lights on Amazon that I use to illuminate the case when digging out eyepieces at night. The lights easily clip onto the dividers and can also be clipped onto my table to light up my star atlas if needed.

 

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The TeleVue logo is so that the case doesn't get mixed up with my camera case.

 

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The lights are pretty effective especially when packing up.

 

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This case is wayy too deep with the eyepieces lying down, but not deep enough to stand them up. However, it is airline carry-on compatible, so....

 


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Posted 19 December 2019 - 01:01 AM

re: pelicans, I started with a smaller pelican case that held my eyepieces til I started getting 2" wide angle beasts.     I upgraded to a pelican 1500 which holds all of them standing up vertically except the 30mm 82, thats on its side.  it also has room for my telrad, green laser pointer, 4 filter cases, and my 2" kendrick laser barlow collimator.   there's still room for a couple more smallish things where I've not plucked the foam.

 

I've probably posted this pic before...

 

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(lower row L-R:   ES82 4.7, 6.6, 8.8, 11, 14, 18

middle row L-R:  buncha filters, ES82 30, 24

top row, telrad+green laser, kendrick collimator...

 

filters include 2" DGM NPB, 2" Moon, and a bunch of 1.25" filters including assorted colors, moon, O-III)

 

the joke is, I carry all these eyepieces, and 2/3rds of the nights I setup the 20", I use the 18 for the whole night... ok, I always use the telrad and collimator, and the GLP (a 520nm true green diode laser) gets used at many public events.


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Posted 19 December 2019 - 01:10 AM

I use a Pelican case but honestly I picked the wrong one since it is wayy too deep. I'm using the new dividers nd I picked up some cordless LED clip lights on Amazon that I use to illuminate the case when digging out eyepieces at night. The lights easily clip onto the dividers and can also be clipped onto my table to light up my star atlas if needed.

 

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The TeleVue logo is so that the case doesn't get mixed up with my camera case.

 

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The lights are pretty effective especially when packing up.

 

attachicon.gifEyepiecesInCase_small.jpg

 

This case is wayy too deep with the eyepieces lying down, but not deep enough to stand them up. However, it is airline carry-on compatible, so....

You could add some pluck foam to the top and/or bottom as a space filler.. Just pluck out the size you need and slip it into your divided sections.


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Posted 19 December 2019 - 01:14 AM

I use a Pelican case but honestly I picked the wrong one since it is wayy too deep. I'm using the new dividers nd I picked up some cordless LED clip lights on Amazon that I use to illuminate the case when digging out eyepieces at night. The lights easily clip onto the dividers and can also be clipped onto my table to light up my star atlas if needed.

 

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This case is wayy too deep with the eyepieces lying down, but not deep enough to stand them up. However, it is airline carry-on compatible, so....

I would use sheet foam cut out to rectangles the size of the partitions, maybe 1/2 or 3/4" thick and pressed down under the eyepieces.

 

re: digging out eyepieces at night, I've got mine arranged so I can do it by feel.    I always leave the lenscaps near the hole for the removed eyepiece, so I can feel them and put them on in the dark, put it back in place, then count to the one I want.   once my eyes are truly dark adjusted, I find I need very little light for anything.


Edited by pierce, 19 December 2019 - 02:13 AM.

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Posted 20 December 2019 - 10:20 AM

The Nanuk 910 holds all my 1.25” perfectly and is nice and compact. The zoom lays horizontal in its bolt case and the fixed EP's are tucked in the back with enough room for a couple more I have my eye on. Just got my first 2” capable scope so I haven’t figured that part out yet. Luckily I only have a 2” diagonal to worry about at the moment and that can fit in the scope case. No 2” EP’s yet. That’s going to a be a whole different beast. I can’t afford this hobby!

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Posted 20 December 2019 - 01:08 PM

I have been seeing new cases at Home Depot and Lowe’s at different sizes. They don’t have foam but my case builder.com can provide it. I’m thinking of making a new case
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Posted 20 December 2019 - 03:44 PM

I am considering buying this Pelican case:

 

https://www.bhphotov..._case_with.html


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Posted 22 December 2019 - 04:01 AM

I am considering buying this Pelican case:

 

https://www.bhphotov..._case_with.html

that looks pretty large and deep for eyepieces.

 

lets see, my 1500 shown about a page ago is 16.8" x 11.2" x 6.1" (interior) and 8 lbs with foam.   its holding all my prime eyepieces, collimator, telrad, filters and still has room for a few more things which brings it to 17 lbs total.

 

the V600 is 21" x 17" x 9.5" and 15.3 lbs with foam.     thats huge.  and heavy.


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#175 HarryBnBad

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Posted 22 December 2019 - 09:37 AM

I just picked up a 2nd Apache 3800, and they gave me an extra layer of foam. Now I can separate things a bit. I'm thinking that all my camera gear, flip mirror, filters, etc can go in one case, and my eyepieces in the other. It ought to make it much simpler.

I just ordered a few more accessories, and a telrad. Once I get everything, and laid out on a table. Then I'll start plucking some foam and take some pictures.

Which by the way. How to I post pictures on here?
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